Position Title: Accountability to Affected People Working Group Coordinator (Re-Announce)
Activation Date: 20 October, 2021 Announced Date: 20 October, 2021 Expire Date: 03 November, 2021
The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR) is an independent forum founded in 1988 in response to the demand from NGOs working with Afghan refugees in Pakistan and across the border in Afghanistan to more efficiently coordinate assistance and delivery of services. With its main office in Kabul since 2002, ACBAR brings together 168 National and International NGOs working in in all sectors of humanitarian assistance and development in Afghanistan. Its activities focus heavily on information to its members and the aid community in general, coordination of activities at the national and regional levels, and advocacy on issues affecting the work of its members in Afghanistan. ACBAR has a mission to provide an efficient platform for members to carry out effective humanitarian, development, and peace building activities in Afghanistan. The members are the drive behind ACBAR, and their active participation is essential to ACBAR’s continued dynamism. For more information, please visit: www.acbar.org
The Accountability to Affected People Working Group (AAP WG) replaces the former Community Engagement Working Group, and reflects the commitment by the Humanitarian Country Team, the Inter-Cluster Coordination Team, and UN and NGO partners to be accountable across all sectors to the people of Afghanistan. The AAP WG supports the application of global and national commitments to accountability.
The AAP WG in Afghanistan seeks to hire an Afghan national as its Coordinator, taking over from the current standby partner who has worked to establish the group, build membership, and establish systems for AAP activities. Nationalizing the AAP WG Coordinator position and ensuring longer-term coordination leadership will better support mainstreaming AAP into shorter-term humanitarian programming and longer-term development programming. The AAP WG Coordinator is expected to be the key support person to both humanitarian actors and the government partners and in order to reach affected communities. The AAP WG Coordinator should have comprehensive local knowledge of key partners in Afghanistan. The AAP WG Coordinator is also expected to have solid knowledge of humanitarian operations conducted by UN agencies and or NGOs and operations of the Government of Afghanistan.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES.
- Provide strong leadership and guidance for the Afghanistan AAP WG.
- Chair and coordinate bi-monthly AAP WG meetings, facilitate consensus building.
- Work closely with cluster and relevant working group/task force coordinators; advocate for AAP inclusion across clusters and provide strong technical expertise to all clusters.
- Coordinate WG members to develop joint assessments and planning for a comprehensive AAP response in all sectors in Afghanistan. Coordinate joint information needs assessments and assessments of AAP (including community engagement) interventions.
- Coordinate common service mechanisms and provide clusters with the technical advice and guidance needed to create cohesive two-way communication and messaging to all affected community members, including marginalised populations.
- Track and coordinate awareness-raising and other AAP-related activities (including feedback mechanisms) with clusters and thematic/cross-cutting working groups and task forces.
- Work with clusters to develop appropriate accountability mechanisms and ensure implementation and reporting.
- Facilitate and coordinate the development and dissemination of appropriate thematic and cross-cutting messaging.
- Attend key cluster meetings, subgroups, task forces, and other relevant response and development entities to ensure AAP mechanisms are considered in campaigns and responses.
- Encourage and facilitate a wide range of actors and agencies involved in all AAP output.
- Facilitate relationships and partnerships among agencies.
- Oversee AAP WG sub-working groups and ensure their adherence to WG guidelines.
- Represent the AAP WG at coordination meetings plus national and international AAP, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Task Force, and Risk Communication and Community Engagement forum as needed.
- Make reports as required to the Inter-Cluster Coordination Team and the Humanitarian Country Team.
- Any other relevant duties as agreed with the supervisor.
- Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution, preferably in communications, media, humanitarian, or development studies.
- Minimum of five years of experience progressively responsible experience working in the humanitarian response in Afghanistan; demonstrated familiarity with the UN cluster system.
- Demonstrated ability to work within a coordinated entity and collaborative activities in the humanitarian response.
- Documented operational experience at a senior level of creating and managing AAP-community engagement activities, advocacy and outreach.
- Demonstrated experience with two-way communications, including focus group discussions and participatory community engagement. M&E knowledge and experience, including conducting surveys/assessments and analyzing data.
- Experience with collective and common feedback mechanisms, accountability strategies, and complaint processes in crisis-affected communities.
- Strong coordination, negotiation, motivation, mobilizing, and facilitation skills.
- Strong computer/work processing and standard office software skills.
- Excellent writing and verbal skills in English and Dari/Pashto for reports and communications documents.
- Ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment; must be culturally sensitive. Excellent problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work under pressure and travel to the provinces in difficult security conditions.
- A demonstrated commitment to ensuring community representation and authentic participation in humanitarian and development programming, including of women and girls in Afghanistan.
This position is open only to candidates authorized to work in Afghanistan as national staffs. Successful candidate must be willing to commit to working in Afghanistan for two years. ACBAR strongly encourages applications from qualified women.
Start Date: Preferably 1 November, 2021, or before
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience may submit their current CV and cover letter detailing their motivation to apply and why they are best suited for the position.
Please submit your application that contains your motivation letter and CV in one document, all in English, to email@example.com with “Accountability to Affected People Working Group Coordinator” in the subject title no later than the closing date of 03 November, 2021. Please do not submit any written recommendations or training certificates as part of your application. Any CV-only applications or any applications emailed directly to individual ACBAR staffs will be disqualified.
Because applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and this position may be filled prior to the closing date, please send submissions as soon as possible. Because of the volume of applications, ACBAR will be able to respond only to those candidates who are shortlisted.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.